Fifty-four holes. Three world-class courses. One tough decision.
That decision, naturally, is which golf course to choose for a summertime golfing adventure in Whistler. There are three incredible local golf courses to choose from (not to mention a few more just north and south of town), each offering awe-inspiring views, a fun and challenging game, and the chance to scope out some wildlife at play. You’ll need to do some careful research before deciding on the right course for you!
This is where we come in: we’re here to provide some insight on the Whistler Golf Club, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Club, and the Nicklaus North Golf Course. Hopefully, this inside scoop will help make your decision a little bit easier.
Let’s start with Whistler’s oldest golf course, the Whistler Golf Club. Centrally located right in the middle of town (just across from the Whistler Village), the Whistler Golf Club was designed by Arnold Palmer in 1983. In 2000, the club received a $2.2 million dollar makeover, and it is constantly maintained to be in tip-top shape.
This par 71, 18-hole golf course spans over 6,722 yards and was designed to highlight the stunning natural surroundings and to provide players with an all-around enjoyable game, with a few challenges to keep things interesting. This walkable course will take you along the shores of lakes and rivers, providing some postcard-worthy views of Whistler and Blackcomb mountains.
The Whistler Golf Club prides itself on its service: the friendly staff is what really sets this course apart. It offers the lowest rates in Whistler, and is a popular place to host tournaments and events.
Founded in 1993, this Robert Trent Jones, Jr.-designed course wraps around Blackcomb Mountain and provides—you know it—unforgettable views. Every aspect of this course is five star, from the service to the course upkeep to the meals at the clubhouse.
The par 72, 18-hole course starts off with a few tricky holes to keep you on your toes, but is not unfairly difficult. This course offers a 400 foot overall elevation change throughout its 6,635 yards, making golf carts mandatory.
Fees aren’t inexpensive, but most agree that the caliber of the golfing is second to none. If you’re looking for a game that will provide memories to last a lifetime, book a tee time at the Chateau.
Just north of the Village, you’ll find the outstanding Nicklaus North Golf Course. Designed in 1995 by (as you might have guessed by the name) Jack Nicklaus, this par 71, 18-hole course curves around the glacier-fed Green Lake, offering even more insanely beautiful views.
Each hole has its own personality, so to speak, and the course achieves a balanced challenging-yet-fair game. You’ll probably feel a little envious of the homes in the Nicklaus North neighbourhood overlooking the greens, but you’ll be able to enjoy the views yourself from the patio of the clubhouse.
So, which course will you choose to check out on your visit to Whistler? If you still can’t decide, there’s a simple solution: our three course golf package lets you try all three. If you can't get enough, you'll also want to check out Big Sky Golf Club in Pemberton, just north of Whistler, and Furry Creek Golf Club, south of Squamish. Don't forget to let us know which golf course was your favourite!